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A New Year brings new hope.

The fight against parental alienation continues with renewed energy and new ideas.

For some of you reading this 2023 might have been your hardest yet as it seems for every PAPA member that regains meaningful contact there's another to take their place.

If you've only recently joined PAPA this past year then welcome to our community and if you've been here a while then thank you for your continued support and input.

The year in review.

It's true that in some ways PAPA has grown this past year, it's grown in number of members and it's grown in followers across our social media channels but this is not cause for pessimism. It shows that we are reaching more people in need than ever before, which is a positive thing.

The reality is we've also been able to help more people than ever before as a result of this growth, with this year being our biggest to date in terms of number of members we've helped to regain meaningful contact. So there is some cause for optimism.

It's also interesting looking at Ministry of Justice data on family court proceedings; year on year since we started our 'Equal Parenting Campaign' we are seeing higher percentages of cases being settled at 50/50 or shared parenting.

This is fantastic news for all our members and followers as it shows that progress is being made. Equal parenting is being implemented but of course it's not being implemented at a fast enough rate for a lot of parents and children.

In truth, since we started our Equal Parenting Campaign we've only seen around a 10% increase in equal parenting arrangements through the family court. This is well below where it needs to be as 50/50 shared parenting is still awarded less than 30% of the time.

So it's quite clear that we need to accelerate our efforts in regards to influencing family court decisions, in the best interests of the children in question.

One area I do feel PAPA has been very successful however is with public perception. Each year I see fewer people pushing back against the notion of equal parenting.

Thanks to our Equal Parenting Campaign I have seen a very noticeable difference in the general attitude towards the role and importance of both parents so I believe it's very likely that there have been a lot more 50/50 arrangements (out of court) as a result of our campaigns.

This past year saw the introduction of the 'PAPA van' which has already played a huge role in the local community by taking on the Santa's Roadshow.

Going forward into 2024 the 'PAPA van' will be crucial for future campaigns, some of which are already being planned.

What's next for 2024.

At PAPA we have a lot of exciting developments planned in order to improve our offering to all members. It's worth remembering that at PAPA we have the largest dedicated support community for parental alienation in the world, and it's completely free to be a member and always will be.

This is something that's really important to me because a long time ago before I started PAPA, when I needed help and support, everyone and everything I approached was behind a paywall. The idea of anyone profiting from mine or anyone's pain just doesn't sit right with me.

I managed to do my own reading and researching (and some therapy sessions thrown in to deal with the grief) to win my battle so I know it's very possible and realistic to regain meaningful contact by self representing and spending as little money as possible.

The purpose of PAPA is to provide everyone the tools to fight against parental alienation and to provide them free of charge. So with that in mind we have a few things to look forward to.

First and foremost, in 2024 we will see the introduction of free resources for website members. This will include guides on the legal process as well as guides on self representing and how to maintain optimum mental health.

Helping to make the above possible will be our newest volunteer; Charlotte who is a qualified paralegal who has not only reached out and offered to help me create these guides but she's also going to be helping members with their family court cases, pro bono.

This coming year we will also see PAPA ramping up the Equal Parenting Campaign as I look to not only utilise the PAPA van by travelling far and wide but I also have a few other strategies in mind to ensure we reach more and more people, particularly those in a position to influence legislative change.

I'm in the process of creating more designs for our store; 'PAPA Supply' so there will be a lot more merchandise available in 2024. Most importantly, after hundreds of requests I will be creating PAPA bumper stickers so we can all spread the message far and wide.

I also hope to start working on a PAPA app later in 2024 to improve the user experience for PAPA members.

All of the above will be alongside everything PAPA already offers so you can expect to see plenty more articles posted to our blog as well as our marketing efforts continuing.

How can I get help?

For now the best ways to get help are using and joining one of our community spaces. We have our website forum that you can join for free and we also have our Facebook support group, which you can join here.

Both our online forum and our Facebook support group have dedicated spaces for members in different countries as well as separate spaces for fathers and mothers. In 2023 we added the chat room features to our support offering in order to bring the community closer together. It's easy to find support.

Alongside both of our main community spaces we also have large followings across social media and we try to get back to as many people as we possibly can.

In 2024 we will be publishing a lot more articles and creating helpful guides for all members of PAPA, fully downloadable here on the website. So if you haven't signed up yet, make sure you do so in order to make use of our free resources.

I hope you all have a great 2024 and together we can and will continue to fight and beat parental alienation.

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Mark Duggan
Mark Duggan
01 de jan.

hats off to you for doing a great job,

its always good to know there is other people going through the same things, 50/50 parenting should be a law from birth (depending on individual circumstances of course)

keep it up!

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